The Trump administration has reversed its decision to cut federal resources for coronavirus testing sites

  • The Trump administration originally planned to cut federal support for some coronavirus testing sites after Friday, according to CNN.
  • The Federal Emergency Management Agency has helped run dozens of "community-based testing sites" as states scramble to ramp up testing efforts. Some sites are now transitioning to state-managed operations, CNN reported.
  • The anticipated cuts came as some governors continue to spar with the Trump administration over the provision of testing kits and critical medical supplies.
  • While testing in some states has scaled up in recent weeks, the US still lags far behind other countries at a time when public-health experts are saying widespread testing is critical.
  • However, the White House reversed course on Thursday following bipartisan pushback by lawmakers, according to new reporting by NPR.
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Update (9:52 p.m. ET): The White House on Thursday reversed its decision to cut federal resources for testing sites, according to NPR. A bipartisan group of lawmakers wrote a letter opposing the federal pullback to Alex Azar, secretary of Health and Human Services, apparently prompting the change in plans. Some of the information below may no longer be current.

The Trump administration is cutting federal support for coronavirus testing sites and prompting states to take control of them, according to CNN.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has helped states create and run "community-based testing sites," or CBTSs, by providing nasal-swab testing kits, financial support, personal protective equipment, and other resources. But a number of sites are now reportedly transitioning to state-managed operations, and some are closing down entirely.

"Many states have already begun transitioning these programs, and other states have implemented testing sites based on the CBTS model," a FEMA spokesperson told Business Insider in an emailed statement. "Transitioning fully to state-managed operation creates an opportunity for the states to better serve their own communities, while leveraging federal support to augment their state's success."

States that transition "can choose to source testing kits and supplies through their standard ordering process or to request assistance from their FEMA Region," according to a policy the agency updated following the initial publication of this story.

The community-based testing sites were meant as only a temporary effort to jump-start testing in parts of the country hit hardest by the pandemic, CNN reported the agency said. However, some testing sites will be closed, apparently as a result of the change in federal support, including locations in Pennsylvania and Colorado, NPR reported — two states where cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, continue to grow.

"While I'm grateful to have had federal and state support for our successful community-based testing site, I am understandably disappointed that the supplies and the federal contract for lab testing are ending just as we are heading into the surge here in southeastern Pennsylvania," Dr. Valerie Arkoosh, chair of the Montgomery County Commissioners, reportedly told CNN.

The decision by the Trump administration to withdraw federal support was met with criticism from some, given that it comes as public-health experts say widespread testing is critical. The US has managed to increase testing capacity recently — with nearly 2.2 million tests completed nationwide — but efforts still lag in many areas, including some with widespread outbreaks.

"The idea of cutting funding to testing in any way right now? We should just be ramping up as much testing as humanly possible," Phil Petit, the national director of the International Association of EMTs and Paramedics, told Business Insider.

Even though the US missed its chance to contain the coronavirus by not testing enough people early on, experts say the country still needs to test as widely as possible, not just to isolate and treat those who are sick but also to find people who have recovered and may have developed immunity.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said on Wednesday that his playbook for preparing the US for future waves of COVID-19 infections, which could come after lockdowns lift, depends on the US developing its capacity for widespread testing, contact tracing, and case isolation.

"The keys are to make sure that we have in place the things that were not in place in January, that we have the capability of mobilizing identification — testing — identification, isolation, contact tracing," Fauci said.

Government agencies have been criticized for rolling out testing and isolation policies too slowly. Errors and delays in producing the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's coronavirus test led to dangerous shortages, and decisions about lockdowns have been left to states in piecemeal fashion.

Several governors have also sparred with the administration over the federal government's response to the virus, criticizing the lack of a coordinated response, testing kits, and critical medical supplies.

Morgan McFall-Johnsen and Dave Mosher contributed reporting to this story.

This story has been updated with new information. It was originally published at 4:08 p.m. ET.

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Priscilla Presley: How old was Priscilla when she met Elvis?

Priscilla Beaulieu had a huge influence on Elvis in their marriage and bore his only child, Lisa Marie. She and Elvis’ relationship was the subject of huge speculation, especially given her young age. But how old was Priscilla when she and Elvis got together?

Priscilla Ann Wagner was born in May 1945 in Brooklyn, to a Norwegian mother and US navy pilot father.

Her father died when Priscilla was just six-months-old and her mother remarried a US Air Force officer Paul Beaulieu within a year, meaning Priscilla took her stepfather’s name.

The family moved around airbases for years, including a short stint in Germany where Priscilla and her family were forced to live in a brothel due to the scarcity of housing at that time.

The pair met in 1959 while Elvis was stationed in Germany, and Priscilla was just 14-years-old.

Elvis had a number of relationships with teenage girls, though biographer Brent D Taylor said of these relationships: “Elvis’s closest female relationships were usually with young girls of around 13 or 14, ending as they reached late teens.

“He didn’t have sex with these young girls, but had pyjama parties, pillow fights and indulged in ‘girl talk’, just as he did with Gladys [his mother].”

According to Priscilla, their relationship was “passionate” even when she was young, as she described in a relatively frank interview with Barbara Walters in 1985.

Priscilla said: “It was not easy on my parents… When you’re in love, it’s hard to fight. I was rebellious.

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“[I told them] ‘I don’t want to go to school. He’ll be out of my life after six months. Don’t ruin my life.’

“He came to my house and was charming and wonderful. My family had a lot of faith in him.”

In the summer of 1962, after the pair had kept in touch for years, Priscilla parents let her visit Elvis’ home at Graceland for two weeks, and soon enough she was allowed to move to Memphis for good in March 1963.

In her 1985 book Elvis and Me, she revealed the nature of some of her time at Graceland in those early years.

She said: “Elvis would take me into his bedroom and then we would kiss long, deep, passionate kisses and his caresses would leave me weak with desire.

In 1966, Elvis proposed and though there are differing reports about whether this was what Elvis wanted to do, the pair married in Las Vegas on May 1, 1967.

Priscilla described Elvis as a “passionate man” though she said he was not sexual towards her.

She admitted the pair did not have sex until their wedding night and soon after their marriage, she discovered she was pregnant.

Initially, she was upset at the idea of such an early pregnancy, given they had not spent a long time together.

After Lisa Marie was born, they were not together long, and the pair eventually divorced in 1973, separating when Lisa Marie was just a toddler.

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‘National treasure’ 99-year-old veteran raising money for NHS sends incredible message

Captain Tom Moore is raising money to help the NHS cope with the coronavirus pandemic by walking 100 lengths of his back garden before he turns 100 on April 30. The 99-year-old veteran told BBC Breakfast he was aiming at 10 laps of his garden, which is 25 metres in length, a day to reach his goal. As he was asked by BBC host Naga Munchetty to send a message to the nation at this challenging time, he said: “Remember: tomorrow will be a good day.

“Tomorrow everything will be fine, everything will be much better than today.

“Even if today was alright and my today is alright.

“But my tomorrow will certainly be alright.

“And that’s the way I’ve always looked at things.

“Tomorrow will be a good day!”

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BBC Breakfast viewers promptly took to Twitter to express their gratitude and support for Captain Moore.

One viewer wrote: “Tom is just a national treasure. A 100 years old in April. Been a soldier, now fighting for #NHS by trying to raise money for the NHS by walking a 100 laps in his garden. Absolute #Soulfood What a man.”

And another: “What an interview with Tommy has Inspired my morning. What a hero his words of encouragement to the Nation..’Tomorrow will be better” Tommy I’m going to get moving, 100 steps after recovering from hip surgery. Can’t wait to for that 100th celebrations.”

One said: “Don’t usually watch #BBCBreakfast but I switched it on just now & listened to this amazing gentleman. So humble so grateful &positive. He reminded us that tomorrow can always be better, even if today wasn’t that bad. What an inspiration! Made my morning!”

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Another Twitter user wrote: “I have adopted @captaintommoore as my new Grandad.

“As is expected with this situation I woke up feeling a bit down but Tom just gave the nation the best pep talk on BBC Breakfast.

“Smash it for the NHS Tom and check you back on your birthday sweetie.”

And someone else said: “What a truly great and inspirational man Tom is.

“Great advice too on how to get through times like these. Good luck Tom #tomorrowisabetterday”

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Tom Moore’s Just Giving page reads: “Tom was born and brought up in Keighley, Yorkshire.

“He went to Keighley Grammar School and later completed an apprenticeship as a Civil Engineer.

“Tom went onto being enlisted in 8 DWR (145 RAC) at the beginning of the war, and in 1940 was selected for Officer training. He was later posted to 9DWR in India, and served and fought on the Arakan, went to Regiment to Sumatra after the Japanese surrender and returned to be Instructor at Armoured Fighting Vehicle School in Bovington.

“Tom Moore, is aiming to walk a hundred lengths of the back garden(which is 25m in length) before he is 100 years old at the end of the month.

“So get behind Tom as he does 10 laps a day!”

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Diego Luna’s Children Back at Home After Three Weeks of Coronavirus Quarantine

The ‘A Rainy Day in New York’ actor reveals in a live Q&A session that eleven-year-old Jeronimo and nine-year-old Fiona tested positive for COVID-19 in March, but has since recovered.

AceShowbiz -Actor Diego Luna‘s kids are back home after spending three weeks in quarantine following a coronavirus scare.

Jeronimo, 11, and his nine-year-old sister Fiona have recovered from COVID-19 after testing positive for the virus last month, and the “Star Wars” actor is thankful his kids are going to be OK.

“My kids had the virus long ago and they just were allowed to come home,” the 40 year old said during a live question-and-answer session with IndieWire via Instagram on Thursday, April 09. “They’re immune now, they’re in the next stage. Yesterday was the first night they slept here and life has changed dramatically for me.”

“I was, like, three weeks not being able to hug them or get close to them, and finally I am (sic).”

The kids are from his five year marriage to singer Camila Sodi, which ended in 2013.

He isn’t the only star who has had to deal with severely sick kids during the ongoing pandemic – Pink‘s three-year-old son Jameson was also violently ill as both he and his mum battled the virus last month.

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Hulu Claps Back at Twitter Users Complaining About Oscar-Winner Parasite Having Subtitles

“It’s not in English, no one wants to watch a movie that they literally have to read to understand what’s going on,” wrote on user.

It may be a four-time Oscar winner, including Best Picture, but some people still can’t get over the fact that "Parasite" demands they read … that is, if they don’t speak Korean.

The South Korean film was an instant sensation when it came out last year, becoming the first South Korean film to win the Palme d’Or at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival. It went on to rack up awards and bank at the box office, culminating with those Oscar wins, which came also for director Bong Joon-ho, screenplay (Bong Joon-ho and Han Jin-won), and international film.

It was expected to take home international film, and was a strong contender for director, but it’s Best Picture win was one of the most delightful Oscar surprises of the past decade. And yet, for some detractors none of those things seem to matter.

Hulu was celebrating their exclusive streaming launch of the film on Wednesday via Twitter when the usual haters started giving their two cents. Rather than just let them rant to no one, Hulu’s social media page decided to engage, shutting them down brutally in the process.

"Pathetic movie," wrote one user. Hulu shot back, "It won … four Oscars." Even the "Parasite" official movie page got in on that one, countering the review (which lacked any insight or context) with their own clapback.

They’re right to tout their victory. Certainly critics and movie buffs have already made their opinions known, and they all seem to disagree with this critic.

But their best burn came when someone lamented the one problem that so many Americans seem to have with any foreign language film … reading!

"It’s not in English, no one wants to watch a movie that they literally have to read to understand what’s going on," said one user, though its $50 million-plus box office in the US and Canada would seem to disagree. Worldwide, it is the highest grossing South Korean film at $266 million, meaning people were willing to read it in all kinds of different languages.

Hulu had the perfect solution, though, for anyone who simply can’t handle subtitles. "You can always learn Korean," they suggested helpfully. Or perhaps the film’s director said it best while accepting his Oscar for a subtitled film:

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The VERY intriguing fan theories for Killing Eve series three

As Killing Eve returns, FEMAIL reveals the VERY intriguing fan theories for series three – from Eve having a fling with Carolyn’s daughter to Nico being framed for Gemma’s murder

  • First episode of third series of spy thriller lands on BBC iPlayer on Easter Monday
  • Fans have been speculating online over whether Villanelle really killed Eve
  • Others offered theories ranging from Eve being trained to be an assassin to Villanelle being reunited with her mother, whom she thought was dead 

Since Villanelle pulled that trigger on her nemesis-turned-lover and left her bleeding on the ground amidst Roman ruins, fans have been desperate to find out if Eve Polastri survived the gunshot. 

And the wait is nearly over, with the first episode of the third series of the acclaimed spy thriller landing on BBC iPlayer on Easter Monday, after airing in the US on BBC America and AMC the day before.

Given Eve, played by Sandra Oh, appears in the trailer, it seems fair to say that psychotic assassin Villanelle (Jodie Comer) didn’t dispatch the MI6 officer.

Many fans have observed how such an outcome mirrors the equally shocking end of season one, when Eve thought she’d killed Villanelle after stabbing her in the stomach.

Either way, theories about how the next installment of the drama will play out are abound on social media. Here FEMAIL brings you some of the potential plot lines that avid watchers of the show are predicting for series three.

Eve and Villanelle are reunited in episode four 

Assuming Eve survives – and it’s a pretty safe bet she does, given her name makes up half the title of the show – at some point the two women are going to come face-to-face once more.

One fan who has read between the lines of several critics’ reviews has deduced that a dramatic reunion will take place at the end of episode four – prior to a standalone episode dedicated to Villanelle.

Twitter user @killingkyra shared a thread quoting a review by Paste Magazine which states that writer Suzanne Heathcote has made a decision to keep Eve and Villanelle separated ‘minus one brief and surprising scene’ for at least the first five episodes.

She then cites another reviewer who claims the duo’s reunion ‘comes when you least expect it: with a violent and electrifying encounter’.

Since Villanelle pulled that trigger on her nemesis-turned-lover and left her bleeding on the ground surrounded by Roman ruins, fans have been desperate to find out if Eve Polastri survived the gunshot

The fan then shares another critic’s comment that episode five ‘kills the series momentum’ after ‘the events at the end of four’.

She concludes: ‘Eve and Villanelle will have one (violent and electrifying) scene together within the first five episodes, and that it will most likely take place at the end of episode 4, just before Villanelle’s stand-alone episode.’

Just another four weeks to wait for that, then.

Eve is being trained up to become an assassin 

In the final episode of series two, Eve became a killer herself – bludgeoning The 12’s Raymond (Adrian Scarborough) with an axe in a hotel hallway to stop him strangling Villanelle.

It was a scene that made even the most violent slasher movies look tame, with Eve delivering frenzied blow after blow, sending blood spattering over the walls – something Villanelle appeared to take great pleasure in, once she’d recovered from near asphyxiation.

In the final episode of series two, Eve became a killer herself – bludgeoning The 12’s Raymond (Adrian Scarborough) in a hotel hallway while he did his best to strangle Villanelle

Eve, on the other hand, was horrified by her violent onslaught – made worse when Villanelle let slip in the final scene that she could have defended herself as she was carrying a gun.

So, why didn’t she use it? Twitter user @srev_8 reckons it was all a test to see if Eve had it in her to murder someone – and become a member of The 12.

He tweeted: ‘My #KillingEve theory is that they’re training Eve to be the next top assassin. 

Twitter user @srev_8 reckons it was all a test to see if Eve had it in her to murder someone – and become a member of The 12

‘This has all been a set up of tests to make sure she will be the ultimate one who won’t get caught. And I think Bill is number 1 of the 12. Villanelle was just a pon.’ 

All very Hunger Games, no? For those who may have forgot, Bill was Head of Security Section at MI5 and a close companion of Eve’s in season one. Sadly he met a sticky end at the hands of Villanelle on a nightclub dance floor in Berlin.

Nico is framed for Gemma’s murder 

At the end of the penultimate episode of season two, Eve’s long-suffering husband Nico fell prey to conniving Villanelle yet again.

Having been confronted by the assassin while he and Gemma – a fellow teacher with a major crush on him – moved his belongings into a storage locker, he woke up to find Gemma dead next to him, having been suffocated by a plastic bag tied around her head. 

At the end of the penultimate episode of season two, Eve’s long-suffering husband Nico fell prey to conniving Villanelle yet again when she killed his friend Gemma

Theories abound on Reddit that Nico will be put in the frame for Gemma’s murder – which was all part of Villanelle’s master plan.

CommotioCerebri suggested Villanelle killed Gemma ‘to frame Niko for Gemma’s murder or to permanently scare him away’. 

‘She can’t kill him, so this is how she can remove him from Eve’s life,’ they wrote.

TishLaDish14 agreed, writing: ‘I would think either of your theories is viable. Maybe a combination of both? Frame him to keep him away from Eve? But oy, what if Eve wants to “rescue” him?’  

Theories abound on Reddit that Nico will be put in the frame for Gemma’s murder – which was all part of Villanelle’s master plan

Redditor101lol also mooted the possibility on their thread Theory for Season 3: ‘Villanelle will believe that Eve is dead following the events of the season 2 finale. Niko could possibly be framed for the murder of Gemma and could be placed in jail. 

‘This would cause Eve to become distressed and track down Villanelle once again. This time, Villanelle will have no idea that Eve is coming for her and will carry on with her life as an assassin. Some time in the season Villanelle will find out that Eve is alive somehow and other events will happen.’

Redditor101lol also mooted the possibility on their thread Theory for Season 3 : ‘Villanelle will believe that Eve is dead following the events of the season 2 finale. Niko could possibly be framed for the murder of Gemma and could be placed in jail’

Villanelle is Konstantin and Carolyn’s daughter 

In a recent interview, Fiona Shaw – who plays Carolyn – let slip that her character has ‘got more children than we know’.

‘You never know who she was actually married to and who was the father of those children, whether it’s the same father,’ she told Enterntainment Weekly. 

One fan wrote on Twitter: ‘I got a sneaky feeling Konstantin is gonna turn out to be the father of Villanelle’

In series three we meet Carolyn’s daughter Geraldine (played by Gemma Whelan) – but some fans suspect Villanelle could be the product of a Carolyn-Konstantin tryst, and thereby Geraldine’s half-sister.

Twitter user @Nerdzilla76 mused: ‘I wonder if my theory I mentioned last time about Villanelle being Carolyn/Konstantin’s daughter is about to come true?’ 

Another fan, Twitter user @CDC_1919, wrote: ‘I got a sneaky feeling Konstantin is gonna turn out to be the father of Villanelle, on the steps in Rome when she says her family are all dead he quips… well, almost all of them!’

Eve has a fling with Carolyn’s daughter

Earlier this year The Sun revealed Villanelle – who is living in Barcelona at the beginning of series three – gets married to a Spanish woman in the new series.

‘It seems that Villanelle and her Spanish bride are very loved-up,’ a source claimed.

‘The scenes that Jodie and co have already shot include a big Spanish band and the cutting of a cake, before she spots an enemy among the guests and goes after them.’

Some fans have suggested that newly awakened bisexual Eve starts up a sexual relationship with Carolyn’s daughter Geraldine (possibly in retaliation) – which leads to a reunion with Villanelle.

Some fans have suggested that newly awakened bisexual Eve starts up a sexual relationship with Carolyn’s daughter Geraldine – which leads to a reunion with Villanelle

Twitter user @vxllanelle1 mused: ‘Okay a concept. Carolyn’s daughter also turns out to be an assassin, maybe working for MI6? She meets Eve. She seduces Eve. And then BOOM jealous Villanelle turns back up.’

Asked by a fellow fan whom she would rather Eve had her bi-awakening with, @villainoveralls said: ‘I wouldn’t mind seeing Eve hook up with Carolyn’s daughter since V is married and she uses that to finally come into her sexuality fully and own it,’ while @JClawesome deduced: ‘Eve and Carolyn’s daughter are gonna f***.’ 

Twitter user @vxllanelle1 mused: ‘Okay a concept. Carolyn’s daughter also turns out to be an assassin, maybe working for MI6? She meets Eve. She seduces Eve. And then BOOM jealous Villanelle turns back up’

Villanelle is reunited with her mother   

A character who appears in one of the trailers for season three has some fans convinced it’s Villanelle’s long-lost mother.

It transpires Dasha, played by Harriet Walter, is a former Russian gymnast – who is seen brutally beating up her teenage lover in a flashback scene – and an old associate of Villanelle’s who tracks her down.

Killing Eve fans believe Dasha could be closer connected to Villanelle than she lets on, with @VillanelleEves claiming it’s ‘obvious’ she’s her mother – despite a distinctly non-maternal moment in the trailer where the two women try to strangle each other.


Dasha, played by Harriet Walter, is a former Russian gymnast – who is seen brutally beating up her teenage lover in a flashback scene – and an old associate of Villanelle’s who tracks her down

Writing on Twitter, they said: ‘Konstantin said in series 2 in the last episode: not all your family is dead, and Villanelle said her mom has creepy hair in s1, so I’m almost sure… If it’s not her mother I really wonder who she is. Age, appearance, behavior all match to be her mother, and why to make a trailer from the past of a non-important character?’

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Jodie Comer hinted that Villanelle does come face-to-face with someone who she thought was dead.

Naturally she could be talking about Eve, but there is the possibility she’s referring to someone else.

Killing Eve fans believe Dasha could be closer connected to Villanelle than she lets on, with @VillanelleEves claiming it’s ‘obvious’ she’s her mother

‘It’s that thing of: You believe someone’s dead, then you live with the fact that someone’s dead and then they’re not,’ she told the publication.

‘How do you come back from that? How does that change your relationship that you once had? Does it? Is there a new opportunity? Is there a chance or is there a need to finish what you did? That’s probably going to be the biggest thing for Villanelle.’  

Killing Eve series three, episode one will be available to watch on BBC iPlayer on Monday 6 April, followed by a BBC One airing on 19 April. Further episodes will be released on iPlayer each Monday on a week-by-week basis.

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Spoilers: 40 new EastEnders images reveal shock return and horror arrest

Our weekly dose of EastEnders may have been reduced, but the drama is still in full flow, and the approaching week is set to be explosive for many, with Whitney Dean (Shona McGarty) left in fear of her freedom as evil Leo King’s (Tom Wells) mum Michaela Turnbull (Fiona Allen) returns to Walford in the hopes of having it out with the young woman.

Meanwhile, Keegan Butcher-Baker (Zack Morris) finds himself in police custody once more — again, for a crime which he swears he did not commit — but will Jack Branning (Scott Maslen) be able to help him?

Elsewhere, Kush Kazemi (Davood Ghadami) learns a shocking secret, while Jean Slater (Gillian Wright) makes a huge decision.

If you’re enthralled with what’s going on in Walford right now — to be fair, who isn’t? — and simply cannot wait util Monday for your next dose of Albert Square drama, then check out our gallery featuring all the images you could possibly need.








































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New York now has more coronavirus cases than Italy and Spain

New York is the coronavirus epicenter of the world with more infections than any other country outside the U.S. – and a third of global cases are now in America – as the state tops 159,000 cases

  • The number of confirmed cases in New York state increased to nearly 160,000 on Thursday after the number of infections went up by 10,000 in 24 hours
  • In comparison, Spain has now recorded just over 152,000 cases and Italy’s infections increased to more than 142,000 
  • The United States has just over 436,000 cases and accounts for a third of the world’s total infections 
  • In terms of fatalities, Italy’s death toll is the highest across with the globe with more than 18,000 cases – the US follows with 15,600 and then Spain with 15,300
  • New York state’s death toll as of Thursday was just over 7,000 
  • The state posted a record-breaking increase in coronavirus deaths for a third consecutive day even as a surge of patients in overwhelmed hospitals slowed 

New York state is now the coronavirus epicenter of the world with more infections than any other country outside of the United States. 

The number of confirmed cases in New York state increased to 159,937 on Thursday after the number of infections went up by 10,000 in 24 hours. 

In comparison, Spain has now recorded just over 152,000 cases and Italy’s infections increased to more than 142,000.     

China, which is where the coronavirus first broke out late last year, currently has nearly 83,000 infections. 

The United States has 469,450 cases and accounts for a third of the world’s total infections.  

In terms of fatalities, Italy’s death toll is the highest across with the globe with more than 18,000 cases. The US follows with 16,715 and then Spain with 15,300.  

New York state’s death toll as of Thursday was just over 7,000. 

The state posted a record-breaking increase in coronavirus deaths for a third consecutive day even as a surge of patients in overwhelmed hospitals slowed.

Governor Andrew Cuomo described the death count – which increased by 799 in 24 hours – as a lagging indicator reflecting the loss of people sickened earlier in the outbreak. 

The snapshot of hospitalizations showed a less dire picture.

Cuomo said the net 200-patient increase in hospitalizations “is the lowest number we’ve had since this nightmare started’, compared with daily increases of more than 1,000 last week. 

Intensive care admissions also were down in the state as more than 18,200 people were hospitalized. 

Over two-thirds of the state’s deaths are in New York City alone, where fears are growing that the real death toll has been significantly miscounted and that a dramatic spike in New Yorkers dying in their homes is also linked to coronovirus. 

On a general day, first responders will answer calls to between 20 and 25 people who died in their home in New York City. By Tuesday, this has skyrocketed to 265 people. 

The state is faring far better than any of the models suggested it would in terms of hospitalizations but Cuomo said the projections ‘keep him up at night’ and could still happen if people do not comply with social distancing 

City officials have now said that they will include these deaths, which have not been tested or treated for coronavirus, in the official death toll meaning the number of New York City’s deaths could rise once again. 

The city is recording a 5.3 percent fatality rate as of Wednesday evening.  

Meanwhile, the US was told to brace for what officials called the ‘peak death week’. 

The country reached a record-high number of deaths on Tuesday with 2,000 fatalities.   

The grim number of fatalities came as the estimated death toll from the coronavirus pandemic in the US was lowered from 82,000 to 60,000 after new projections scaled back the number of fatalities over the next four months by 26 percent.  

The updated projections has also brought forward the peak day of deaths to April 12 where an estimated 2,212 deaths are expected to occur over 24 hours.  

The new estimates were released on Wednesday by forecasters at the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation – a model often cited by the White House coronavirus task force. 

The projected downward revision in the death toll coincides with comments from health officials and political leaders that cases may have reached a plateau in certain cities.  

Its most recent update now projects there will be just over 60,000 deaths by August 4, which is down from the nearly 82,000 fatalities is had forecast on Tuesday. 

US health officials have previously estimated that between 100,000 to 240,000 Americans could die.

The model also moved up its projected peak in the number of deaths to this Sunday. The revision moves forward the projected peak by four days – suggesting the strain on the healthcare system will begin to abate a little sooner than previously expected.    

Peak resource use for hospitals is predicted to occur on April 11 – the day before the peak death toll – where an estimated 94,000 beds, 19,000 ICU beds and 16,500 ventilators will be needed.   

Despite the updated projections showing a lower number of deaths, health officials warned that a second wave of infections would occur if Americans relaxed their ‘social distancing’ practices.  

‘What’s really important is that people don’t turn these early signs of hope into releasing from the 30 days to stop the spread – it’s really critical,’ said Deborah Birx, the coordinator of the White House coronavirus task force, referring to guidelines aimed at reducing the spread of the virus. 

‘If people start going out again and socially interacting, we could see a really acute second wave.’  

The updated projections has also brought forward the peak day of deaths to April 12 where an estimated 2,212 deaths are expected to occur over 24 hours, new data shows

Peak resource use for hospitals is predicted to occur on April 11 – the day before the peak death toll – where an estimated 94,000 beds, 19,000 ICU beds and 16,500 ventilators will be needed

The estimated death toll from the coronavirus pandemic in the United States is now expected to reach 60,000 after new projections scaled back the number of fatalities by 26 percent

 

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Bill Gates warns 'we're in big trouble' over coronavirus testing

‘We’re in big trouble’: Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates slams the ‘mismanagement’ of the coronavirus testing system and warns we can’t ‘wave a wand’ to get the economy back to normal

  • Microsoft founder Bill Gates blasted the ‘mismanagement’ that allows for healthcare workers to be waiting days for coronavirus test results
  • He claims there has been no interest on a federal level for a unified system
  •  The billionaire said it is the only way to ensure that those who need a test most receive one
  • Gates added ‘we’re in trouble’ unless testing is faster 
  • He predicted that it will be early June before the country can open up but only if there is a testing system in place that works to prioritize the most needy 
  • Gates predicted in a TED talk five years ago that ‘microbes not missiles’ would be more likely to kill millions of people around the world 

Billionaire Bill Gates has warned that coronavirus testing in the United States must improve and priority given to healthcare workers and those most in need before the country can effectively emerge from the outbreak. 

The Microsoft co-founder spoke with CNBC on Thursday, where he said that the federal government had shown no interest in creating a unified national system which he believes could work to ensure that results were delivered quickly to the people who needed them most. 

Gates, 64, claimed ‘we’re in big trouble’ unless test results are processed quicker because information on who is infected will greatly affect when the country can open back up. 

Coronavirus cases in the U.S. hit over 436,000 on Thursday with a death toll of 15,674. 

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Bill Gates spoke with CNBC on Thursday when he blasted the ‘mismanagement’ of the testing system and criticized that the wealthy could get a test and leave healthcare workers waiting

 ‘The natural thing would be to do like South Korea did, and create a unified system — that we haven’t gotten any interest from the federal level,’ Gates said. 

‘The thinking is to create a website that you go in and enter your situation and it would give you a priority number, and then hopefully all the people who control the capacity limit the priority level that they accept, so they’re giving these very quick results and to the right people.’

Gates warned that testing across the country is ‘still completely mis-prioritized’ and is not putting those in most need of having a test, and quickly receiving results, first.

‘Any time the queue [for testing] is over 24 hours, that’s complete mismanagement. Because the value of the result is far less worthwhile when you’re not getting it very, very quickly,’ Gates added. 

‘The best case is the PCR test goes positive before you’re symptomatic or infectious and then you can act in such a way that you never infect anyone else.’ 

The PCR test is what is currently known as the swab test, a ‘fast and inexpensive technique’ that amplifies DNA to allow scientists to discover whether the person has the virus. 

Gates says that the test is only enough to identify those who need to quarantine to prevent them from infecting others but that faster testing is still needed. He said PCR only tests positive when you’ve already infected people that you are most likely to infect.  

Bill Gates has pushed a nationwide shutdown, limited domestic travel and administering more targeted testing if t he country is to break through the coronavirus outbreak effectively 

He also hit out that the wealthy have greater access to testing despite healthcare workers being a priority. 

‘You can have somebody without symptoms who gets tested every day in some wealthy community… and you can have a healthcare worker… waiting three or four days,’ he said, adding that the testing system ‘is completely unmanaged’. 

Gates has claimed that his foundation is pumping ‘billions’ into finding a vaccine for coronavirus but that an extreme shutdown is needed across the nation before social distancing guidelines should be relaxed and the economy restarted.

He argued that the lack of a uniform shutdown was going to slow down the overall process and that it would be early June before there is any kind of opening up – and only if effective testing is in place. 

Gates claimed that if ‘we get our act together countrywide and if the compliance is very high and that testing including some innovations like a self-swab that our foundation has driven and those get into place by early June, we’ll be looking at some type of opening up.

‘Because as a percentage of 330 million [Americans], we’re not going to be able to test many people … [and] we need to know that number because that deeply affects rebounds when opening up,’ Gates continued. 

‘And there is some data that suggests it’s not a gigantic number but very, very important to pin that down.’ 

Gates predicted in a TED talk five years ago that ‘microbes not missiles’ would be more likely to kill millions of people around the world.

Now he has pushed a nationwide shutdown, limited domestic travel and administering more targeted testing to stop the overflow of patients at hospitals unable to cope with the surge in numbers.

‘Well, if we do the social distancing properly, we should be able to get out of this with the death number well short of that,’ Gates told Fox News Sunday.

Gates believes that by obtaining test results within 24 hours, the US will be able to quickly identify those an infected person has come into contact with so they can be isolated and slow the spread.

While there are strict international travel restrictions, Gates focused on the importance of domestic boundaries too.

The outbreak was identified in Wuhan, China in November with the first case in the US January. 

As early as February, before any lockdowns, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation donated $10million to help fight the virus. 

Gates has criticized the government’s delay in taking precautions and serious action after the outbreak.

‘Between 2015 and 2020, less than 5 percent of what should have been done was done,’ Gates said.

During the interview from Microsoft’s Skype service, Gates admitted that he wakes up every morning thinking the pandemic is only the subject of his nightmares.

But he said compared to a disease like smallpox, COVID-19 ‘isn’t the worst case’.

‘The one percent mortality rate when your system is not overloaded… if that was small pox that would be 30 percent,’ he explained.

 

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Easter wishes, quotes and poems: The best messages for your loved ones this Easter holiday

The Easter bank holiday will be different this year due to social distancing measures put in place by the Government to stop the spread of coronavirus. These measures mean people are confined to their own homes and many won’t be able to travel to see their families and loved ones this weekend. Easter, which starts with Good Friday on April 10, will last until Easter Monday on April 13.

Easter wishes and messages for loved ones

Sending sweet thoughts for a happy, hoppy Easter.

May you feel the hope of new beginnings, love and happiness during this joyful Easter holiday.

I hope this Easter holiday fills your home with peace, joy, and plenty of colourful Easter eggs.

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May you feel the bright, joyful blessings God has to offer you during this Easter holiday.

Giving thanks for friends like you on this special occasion. Happy Easter!

During this hopeful time of year, I wish you and yours the best this Easter.

I hope the Easter Bunny gave you all the sweet treats you ever wanted!

Wishing you sunshine and a basket full of chocolate on this beautiful day. Happy Easter!

Easter quotes

“Let everything you do be done in love.” – 1 Corinthians 16:14

“Easter spells out beauty, the rare beauty of new life” – S D Gordon

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” – 2 Corinthians 5:17

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“Spring adds new life and new joy to all that is.” – Jessica Harrelson

“It’s when you crack open a chocolate Easter egg, that smiles emerge.” – Anthony T Hicks

“April hath put a spirit of youth in everything.” – William Shakespeare

“That is one good thing about this world, there are always sure to be more springs.” – L M Montgomery

“We proclaim the resurrection of Christ when his light illuminates the dark moments of our existence.” — Pope Francis

I still believe in Santa, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, and true love. Don’t even try to tell me different.” – Dolly Parton

Easter poems

Easter Is a Time of Love

Easter is a time of love,

A time of death and pain undone,

So we may know the power of

The love that lives in each one.

Each love we feel, unstained and free,

Redeems us-as with you and me.

He Lives

Happy Easter! Allelujah!

Jesus Christ, He lives!

Serve Him to receive salvation;

Eternal life he gives!

I Had an Easter Bunny

I had an Easter bunny,

One day she ran away.

I looked for her by moonlight,

I looked for her by day.

I found her in the meadow

With her babies 1, 2, 3.

So now I have four rabbit pets

To run and jump with me.

No Second Chance

If there was no resurrection,

there would be no hope for mankind.

We would have no second chance

and no peace of mind.

The Power Of The Resurrection

We’ve been given the greatest gift,

The most precious, wonderful promise ever made.

It’s about the resurrection.

This truth will never fade.

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